How To Get Ready To Upgrade Your iPad — The Right Way

How To Get Ready To Upgrade Your iPad — The Right Way

Now that you’ve placed your order for your new iPad, it’s time to prepare your old one for the upgrade. When you transfer all of your data on launch day, you’re not going to want to eat up storage space with apps, photos, and music that you never use.

Here’s how to prepare your old iPad for an upgrade to the new one — the right way.

Delete Unwanted Apps

How To Get Ready To Upgrade Your iPad — The Right Way

Begin by removing all of the apps you never use from your existing device. Look at every page on your home screen and open every folder. If you find apps that you forgot you had or that you’ve never even heard of, the chances are you don’t use them enough to let them take up your precious storage space.

Some apps, particularly games, can take up huge amounts of space. So having a good clear out will leave you more room on your new iPad for other content.

Manage Music, Movies, and TV Shows

How To Get Ready To Upgrade Your iPad — The Right Way

Have you ever told your iPad to play you entire music library on shuffle, and then you keep having to skip those old tracks that you don’t want to listen to anymore? Well, these are taking up storage space, too, so it’s time to delete them.

How To Get Ready To Upgrade Your iPad — The Right Way

I recommend creating a playlist — or a number of playlists — in iTunes, and labeling it “iPad music.” You can then add all of the music you want to listen to into this playlist and then sync it to your iPad, rather than syncing your entire library. I find this is much easier than selecting every artist or album individually.

While you still have your iPad plugged into iTunes, visit the movies and TV shows sections and ensure you don’t have unwanted videos on your device. These are real storage hogs — especially if they’re in high-definition.

Organize Your Home Screen Folders

How To Get Ready To Upgrade Your iPad — The Right Way

Now that you’re left only with the apps that you know you’re going to use, it’s time to organize them into folders. This makes it easier to find the app you want when you want it, and it keeps your home screen clean.

I recommend creating a folder for each category. For example, make one for games, one for utilities, one for productivity apps, one for photography apps, and so on. You can then sort your folders into alphabetical order so it’s even easier to navigate your way around them.

Tweak Your Settings

How To Get Ready To Upgrade Your iPad — The Right Way

Have you still not gotten around to customizing your Notification Center alerts, setting up your keyboard shortcuts, or enabling automatic downloads? Well, now is the time. When your new iPad has finished restoring from backup, you’ll want it to work just how you like it.

Spend five minutes inside the Settings app tweaking your iPad’s behavior to suit you. I recommend customizing your Notification Center and app alerts, setting up your keyboard shortcuts, and fine-tuning Spotlight search.

Backup, Backup, Backup

How To Get Ready To Upgrade Your iPad — The Right Way

Now that you’ve made all of your customizations and you have your iPad ready for the upgrade, it’s time to plug it into iTunes and perform a backup. It’s also important to do this right before restoring your new device, so that it mirrors your old one once you’re up and running.

Your device should backup automatically when you plug it into iTunes, but if you want to be sure, right click on its name in the Devices tab in the sidebar asnd then click “Back Up”

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  • Peter Dudycz

    Got an Ipad 2 and a Macbook Air for sale if anyone’s interested.

  • A.J. Mauriello

    This doesn’t address those who are using iTunes Match, or those who backup to iCloud rather than to a computer.  Are the steps identicle?  And with the new iPad, are we just restoring from iCloud?

  • Scott Dickson

    I would assume that you’d then plug the new iPad in and “Restore from Backup”? Do you do this before or after you activate the new one?

  • MrBambinoDent

    When you activate your new device you will be asked if you wanna restore from a backup or set it up as a new iPad. You should choos restore from iCloud.

  • Mike Sharkey

    How many gigs is your iPad? 

  • Josh Sizemore

    How much we talking?

  • Scott Dickson

    Thanks!

  • IamJAd

    iCloud won’t restore the apps themselves.  Just the data.

    ….right?

  • George Wedding

    This story is good as far as it goes, but it is incomplete. Once you delete unwanted Apps from your old iPad, you also should connect the device to iTunes and make sure the iPad Apps ARE NOT checked to re-sync right back to the iPad. Otherwise, manually removing Apps is a pointless exercise.

    This can get confusing if you have both iPad and iPhone Apps on your iPad. Once you’re sure you have only the Apps you really want on the iPad (and checked in iTunes), re-sync it with iTunes once again, so that your backup is up to date.

  • MrBambinoDent

    It will restore everything. Same as iTunes. That’s why it takes a big volume of your iCloud storage.

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